We've been doing the traditional anniversary gift thing...so first year, fancy stationary. Last year was cotton so I made my honey bunny a quilt (I know, it seems pretty obvious now that I'm writing about it on a quilting blog...but I cannot believe how long it took me to come up with that idea at the time!...) As soon as I decided on a quilt, I knew I would make this one that I saw on the Purl Bee. Although I was in love with the bright colors, I wanted it to be something we could use on our bed (so something that would blend with our wall color) and something a little manlier since it was, in fact, a gift for a man. Just as I was starting to plan my color scheme, we visited friends in London. That's right, you guessed it - I made my way over to Liberty and drooled all over their fabrics (I turned them drool-sides towards the back before putting them back on the shelves so no one would notice and kick me out of that fabric playground). I came home with about 6 prints and 2 coordinating solids, then rounded out the rest with finds from my stash and my local quilt shop (some of these I love more than others...but that's just how it goes!).
I pieced and basted the whole quilt in secret, which was really hard to do since it's gigantic...while Chris was in class (1 night a week) or at the gym (1 other night a week) I would quickly pull everything out, work as fast as I could, and then scurry to hide all of my scraps and pins and a whole quilt before he walked in the door...I had a few close calls. And if you want a nice smooth quilt back, I would not recommend basting 10% of it, ripping it up off the floor, wadding it up in a ball, and then trying to lay it all out again the next time... As is stands now, there are a couple of things I would do differently...like add more quilting (and make the back nice and smooth...)...but Chris says no - it's his quilt and he wants it to stay the way it is! So this is it:
Today marks our third fantabulous year of wedded bliss! So happy anniversary to my twin soul, my one true love!
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